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Ten Minutes With Willie Geist

A broadcast journalist



Willie Geist is host of NBC’s “Sunday Today With Willie Geist,” which covers everything from politics to pop culture, and co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Son of a CBS Newsman and New York Times reporter, Geist has sat down with Justin Timberlake, John Krasinski, Bette Midler, Chelsea Handler, and Bryan Cranston; plus George W. Bush, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman, and others. He and his wife and two young children have a house in South Salem.

“Sunday Today” seems to have good traction. What’s the secret?
We try to give people something they can’t get elsewhere. Our interviews, called the Sunday Sitdown, go deeper and have some incredible people. George W. Bush, Kellyanne Conway, hip-hop stars—driving around with Ice Cube in a ’64 Impala. CEOs of Instagram and Twitter and Airbnb. 

Who have been your favorites?
Anthony Bourdain was a lot of fun. We took his food tour of Queens. Visited a taco truck and ate tongue taco. George W. Bush—it was an honor to visit vets with him; and to just present him with questions about things that have happened in history. I sat across from Michael Stipe of REM in a bar and find out what “Shiny Happy People” is really all about.

Any common themes among them?
They all had a moment when they weren’t going to make it. Ice Cube was going to become an architect. John Krasinski was literally packed up and ready to leave the business when he got called for “The Office.” 

How has social media helped the show?
We do a pretty good job on “Sunday Today.” A part of the show goes onto Facebook Live. It’s a good engagement tool. It’s a pull back on the curtain, behind the scenes. People want another screen going.

Have you had to change your game under Trump?
No, but the firehose of stories—you need to stop and sift through it and provide the most important news, and what’s true and not true. It never rests. 

Is “Morning Joe” fun to do?
It’s always fun to do. We’re coming up on ten years together. At 6 am, there’s a lot of eyeballs on you. And the people making the news are watching. It’s good to know that our show is as influential as it is. And we get to sit there with our friends.

Does it bother you that Joe talks over his guests?
No, he’s pretty good with me. We have six or seven people and we mix it up. It’s Joe’s show. At the end of the day, people find him interesting.

You live a stone’s throw from Ridgefield. Do you spend much time here?
A lot. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law Alison and Andrew Greeley live in town. We go to the Prospector for our movies, the Hideaway for lunch. Patrick greets us at the front door. We love Terra Sole and HooDoo. Kids love the Sweet Shoppe. There’s everything we need. We love Ridgefield.

I hate to be cliche, but at six-feet, four-inches, you probably get asked alot. Ever play hoops?
Oh, yeah. I was captain of my high-school basketball team, in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Still love it. Have a hoop in the driveway. My nine-year-old daughter really loves it.

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545 Ridgebury Road
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Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance
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Cost: For $25 groups of up to 5 people

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545 Ridgebury Road
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Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance
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Cost: For $25 groups of up to 5 people

Where:
Ridgefield Golf Course
545 Ridgebury Road
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Cost: $29-$49

Where:
Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance
440 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Cost: $45 before June 1, $50 after June 1

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Cost: Free

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Cost: For $25 groups of up to 5 people

Where:
Ridgefield Golf Course
545 Ridgebury Road
Ridgefield, CT
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Cost: $29-$49

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Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance
440 Main Street
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Cost: Free

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Ballard Park
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80 East Ridge Rd
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Sponsor: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Telephone: 203-438-5795
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Cost: $30, $45, $60, $70, $80, $90, $100, $110

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149 Girdle Ridge Road
Katonah, NY  10536
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Cost: $100/ticket to Cocktails with the Cast. Tickets to Milk sold separately.

Where:
Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance
440 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Starting June 3rd thru August 27th, Ridgefield Golf Course offers families an opportunity to play golf. For $25 groups of up to 5 people can play a few holes (golf cart included). Tee times are...

Cost: For $25 groups of up to 5 people

Where:
Ridgefield Golf Course
545 Ridgebury Road
Ridgefield, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

There’s a new theatre in the neighborhood, committed to producing ambitious, thought provoking plays and readings. Thrown Stone, the brain child of  co-artistic directors Jason Peck...

Cost: $29-$49

Where:
Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance
440 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Website »

More information

Each year Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit designed to attract both local and regional audiences. Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture exhibit features sculptures...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stamford Downtown
, CT


Website »

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